U.S. pumpkin growers toast nontraditional demand for fruit Reuters (E. Mayer).
Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ show worrisome ability to diversify and spread Harvard School of Public Health
China and the CIA Are Competing to Fund Silicon Valley’s AI Startups Defense One (Re Silc).
Taming the masters of the tech universe Martin Wolf, FT
Zimbabwe army denies military takeover in live address on state TV CNN. That’s a little meta…
The EU is preparing to delay the next stage of Brexit negotiations Business Insider
Trump, Brexit and Echoes of World War I Bloomberg
The Catalan Integral Cooperative: An Organizational Study of a A Post-Capitalist Cooperative (PDF) Commons Transition
The Machiavellian Prince: Welcome to Salman Arabia Al Jazeera (Re Silc).
Saudi Arabia beheads first female robot citizen Duffel Blog
China to send special envoy to North Korea South China Morning Post
New Cold War
On The Origins of Russia-gate (PDF) Joe Lauria (YY). This is the article that HuffPo instantly surppressed, as per Lauria’s petition: Tell the HuffPost to Restore My Censored Article Change.org. Yves: “Please urge readers to sign!”
Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments “To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016” Buzzfeed. Big if true.
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New Jersey man sentenced for role in Russian uranium bribe scheme Reuters (E. Mayer).
Why Is It So Hard to Fix the National Flood Insurance Program? Weather Underground
The emergence of two presidents named Donald J. Trump McClatchy. Foreign and domestic.
$300 Billion War Beneath the Street: Fighting to Replace America’s Water Pipes NYT. Where’s that infrastructure spending?
Sex in Politics…Not!
‘Nothing about it felt right’: More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill CNN (Re Silc). Hold onto your hats, folks….
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LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks ‘Damaging’ Information On Moore WKRG. “Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein [!!], I’m a reporter for the Washington Post….” Parallelism of great minds, I guess.
2016 Post Mortem
Was the Democratic primary rigged? Ezra Klein, Vox. Moving from denial to bargaining? “The 2016 Democratic primary wasn’t rigged by the DNC, and it certainly wasn’t rigged against Sanders. But Democratic elites did try to make Clinton’s nomination as inevitable, as preordained, as possible.” Well, “rigged” is just a word…
Democrats in Disarray
This Democrat Is About To Give Payday Lenders A Big Boost HuffPo. Mark Warner. Disarray, or altogether too well-arrayed.
Famed health economist Uwe Reinhardt dies Modern Healthcare
How One Las Vegas ED Saved Hundreds of Lives After the Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History Emergency Physician Monthly (DK). DK: “Flow is king.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The NSA needs to stop hacking The Week. Important.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Congressional Realists ‘Could Caucus in a Phone Booth’ The American Conservative
Tesla factory workers have filed a lawsuit claiming widespread racism, unsafe conditions CNBC. Makes you wonder if 260 cars a month is a ceiling, not a floor.
What Red States Are Passing Up as Blue States Get Billions NYT. “… taxpayers in Texas are helping to fund treatment for patients with opioid addiction in Vermont….” No, they’re not. Federal taxes do not fund Federal spending.
Meet the People Who Listen to Podcasts at Super-Fast Speeds Buzzfeed. Zzt-zzzt-zzt-zzzzzzzt!
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